Day 3: Uhura from Star Trek (the original)
Most days I’m working on two factors…accuracy and/or wearability. Somedays I achieve one and not the other. Other days I manage to hit both goals. Today was not that day. Neither is this wearable or particularly accurate to the wonder that is Nichelle Nichols hair from the original Star Trek series. But nerdy hair is first and foremost about fun and second, it’s a learning experience.
I learned that this is not a style that will be incorporated into my master book of favorite hair styles. I also learned that I am sick of my roots!!! 😉
Day 27: Catwoman from Batman
Many women have donned the famous catsuit, but none were ever so sexy as Julie Newmar in the 1960’s Batman TV show. Michelle Pfeiffer’s is a really close second. Maybe it was really good acting, or maybe that was just Julie Newmar being Julie Newmar. She is in one of my favorite movies of all time, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And in that movie, you can totally see the Catwoman coming out at times, and that was well before she would play Catwoman on TV. Some girls just have it!
I’ve always thought of myself as way too silly to be sexy, but I’m definitely channeling my inner cat for this one!!!
Day 17 – Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie
Out of all the classic 50’s and 60’s TV shows, I think I Dream of Jeannie is probably my favorite one. Sure, it wasn’t exactly a tale of women’s liberation. But Barbara Eden as Jeannie was delightful and her never ending efforts to end up with Major Nelson made for very funny television. Plus she was pushing the fashion envelope at the time with her harem pants and crop top! Gotta love a genie with good fashion sense!
I won’t be saying “Yes, Master” all day, but I will try to grant as many wishes as are within my power! Making people happy sounds like fun! (within reason… don’t get fresh!)
Your wish is my command!
Day 18: Laura Cameron from Pan Am
Today is really random. Not only because this show was cancelled after just 1 season three years ago, but also because I never actually watched this show. But I saw the commercials when they came on and I always like the time period and the hair!! It’s all about the hair. And the 1960’s had great stuff going on in the hair department!
This actually qualifies as a fill fledged bee hive, but my hair can never seem to get that high, no matter how much I tease it. But you get the idea. Tall hair, lots of volume, pouty attitude and if you have a pearl necklace then throw it on for extra 1960’s flair!!
Check back tomorrow for yet another nerdy hair style. We only have 12 to go. Where has the time gone?
Day 7: Mary Tyler Moore
Queen of the sitcom in the 50’s and 60’s, Mary Tyler Moore was a fashion and more importantly, hair icon.
You need really flipped out ends for this one.
Day 24 – Betty Draper
Today’s inspiration is January Jones’ Betty Draper from Mad Men.
Start off with side swept bangs and a very high pony tail.
Then secure the end of the pony tail with a hair tie.
Flip the bottom of the pony tail up and under and secure it. Then create a tiny bow with a small strand of braided hair.
And then you are ready for a jaunt to the 1950/60’s.
Day 2 – Penny Pingleton from Hairspray
Let me first give a little explanation about this series of blogs. I am by no means a hair dresser or expert in hair art by any stretch of the imagination. But I love playing around with my hair and experimenting with new styles.
So, for the next 29 days I’ll attempt to copy styles from movies, tv shows, video game characters and even from music videos. If you have a style you’d like to see me attempt to copy… tweet me @nerdinthecity or comment in the section below.
Today’s inspiration is from the 2007 remake of the movie Hairspray. Amanda Bynes’ Penny Pingleton.
This style is a medium on a scale of easy to holy-moley.
Start by sectioning your hair into 3 sections. 2 pigtails and a piece at the top that will create the bump. Take the side sections and turn them into curly pigtails. I use Goody’s hair elastics.
And a Chi straightener that I use to curl the pigtails.
Then take a paddle brush and tease up the under side of the center section.
Use a few bobby pins to secure your 60’s bump. Then take the extra length of hair and twirl into a bun at the back center of your head.
Take a small section from the back of each pigtail and wrap it around the elastic to hide it and add a finishing touch.
Finally, Hairspray it up. I used Pureology’s finishing hair spray.
And then you have the perfect Penny Pingleton.
Mine varies in that I have bangs and blue and pink hair. But making a style uniquely your own is kind of the point, unless you’re going for authenticity… cosplay style.
Now I work with children. So I can pull this off on a Thursday and not seem out of place. If you can’t get away with this at work (lawyers, doctors, executives) then wait for the weekend, a holiday or a sock hop to try this out.
It’s pretty fun!